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“When one is involved in a dispute, it’s often hard to see beyond the obvious. One of the best things I can do for the people I represent is to drill down to understand what’s really going on so that I can provide my clients with critical information, viable options and the most effective strategy.”

Teresa J. Ayling brings more than 25 years of legal experience to her work in general civil litigation, employment and labor law, and contract law. She is licensed to practice in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and is MSBA Certified Labor and Employment specialist.

Employers and employees alike rely on Teresa for counsel and representation. She regularly advises small businesses on employment issues in an effort to prevent legal problems. In addition, she has defended small businesses against claims brought for sex discrimination, sexual harassment, race discrimination, whistleblowing, breach of contract, interference with contractual relations, and other issues.

Teresa represents individuals as well, providing legal advice to employees who have experienced a variety of difficulties on the job or who have been fired from their jobs. She has represented employees in claims of sex discrimination, race discrimination, national origin discrimination, sexual preference discrimination, disability discrimination, civil rights violations, breach of contract, whistleblowing, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and other related claims. 

In claims involving non-compete agreements, defamation, military leave benefits and related issues, Teresa represents both businesses and individuals.

She also represents individuals with disability insurance-related claims, such as persons whose long-term disability insurance benefits have been denied. Clients with professional licensing issues, including nurses and other healthcare professionals, also rely on Teresa for representation before their licensing boards.

Teresa believes it is important for both individuals and businesses to see an attorney early on for legal advice before the issues become more complex. “There are actions one can take to resolve problems within the workplace before they escalate into legal claims or result in discharge from one's job,” she explains. “A little forethought can prevent a lot of pain.”



Teresa graduated Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School where she was a member of the Order of the Coif, an honorary academic society. She is a former registered nurse having received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Alverno College in 1980.


  • Licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • MSBA Certified Labor and Employment specialist.
  • Listed on the Minnesota Supreme Court's statewide roster of qualified neutrals as an Arbitrator and Mediator.
  • Served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School in 1997, teaching Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • Published an article in the Minnesota Mediator entitled "Ten Keys to Successful Mediation" and co-authored an article in the Hennepin Lawyer, "Alternative Dispute Resolution by Apology: Settlement by Saying 'I'm Sorry'."